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SCALE Discovering the power of small changes in teaching and learning that are

  • Known to benefit students equitably
  • Achievable by instructors in varied contexts
  • Open to creativity
  • Based on principles of learning

This CTE initiative is inspired by

"Smaller changes seem far better! They don't lead to destroying things that are here, but build upon them. It's not the ‘throw out' culture and making change just for change sake."
Duquesne participant at 2016 Transparent Assignment Design workshop


SCALE UP Micro-Workshops

A series of 30 minute workshops offered twice a week. Designed to accommodate busy schedules, these micro-workshops highlight a teaching and learning topic and provide simple but effective strategies that can be incorporated into a course without much, if any, disruption of the course design. The same workshop occurs twice each week. You do not need to attend both days. Enjoy lunch and spending time with colleagues starting at noon. The workshops begin at 12:20.

Fall 2017 Workshops

Previous SCALE UP workshops

Just a TAD - Transparent Assignment Design

Facilitator: Laurel Willingham-McLain (CTE)
When: Monday, January 23 or Tuesday, January 24 (12:20-12:50)
Location: Union 607
Small changes make a dramatic difference in student learning. Join this micro-workshop to learn powerful small changes you can use for communicating assignments to students. Use the transparency framework to clarify for students the purpose, task, and criteria of assignments. And in return, you can expect strong student performance.
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Emotions, Body Language and Learning Motivation

Facilitator: Steven Hansen (CTE)
When: Monday, February 6 or Tuesday, February 7 (12:20-12:50)
Where: 607 Union

"When educators fail to appreciate the importance of students' emotions, they fail to appreciate a critical force in students' learning. One could argue, in fact, that they fail to appreciate the very reason students learn at all."
Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, Emotions, Learning, and the Brain (2016), 40.

Come explore the relationship of the body, emotions and learning motivation. Participants in this micro-workshop will simulate how emotions and body language interact; learn six small teaching techniques that make powerful emotional connections to students' learning, and identify the signs of emotionally motivated learning.

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Applying Behavioral Insights to Learning Outcomes

Facilitator:Arvin Simon (CTE and Psychology) and Elizabeth Bennett (Psychology)
When: Monday, February 13 or Tuesday, February 14 (12:20-12:50)
Where: 607 Union

Many of the choices we make are driven by habits. Often, they can result in less than optimal outcomes, particularly around learning new knowledge and skills. This micro-workshop explores the most up-to-date behavioral research to empower educators in making subtle yet influential shifts in the classroom that promote more adaptive learning behaviors.

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Student Graffiti Wall: Our Voices on Learning

Facilitator: Erin Rentschler
When: Monday, February, 20 or Tuesday, February 21
Where: 607 Union

Giving students a voice on learning empowers them and increases their sense of investment in their learning experiences. What do our students have to say about their learning? Join us to reflect on student comments collected via a graffiti wall and to discover ways of collecting and using student feedback in your own classes.

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Learning to Respond to Microaggression

Facilitator: Arvin Simon (CTE and Psychology)
When: Monday, February 27 and Thursday, March 2(12:20-12:50) [note that the second workshop will be held on Thursday, rather than Tuesday]
Where: 607 Union

Microaggressions are small verbal, behavioral or environmental exchanges that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages. These messages can discourage both students and instructors from participating in class to their fullest potential. This micro-workshop provides a simple, yet powerful communication technique designed to empower instructors to resist microaggressions and create a healthier, more inclusive learning environment.

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